Ford's new 2011 Explorer

Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by jcgee88, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. jcgee88

    jcgee88 Member

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    It always drives me nuts to see a big SUV go rolling down
    the road occuppied by only its driver. SUVs' abysmal
    MPG contributes to pollution and higher gas prices for
    everyone.

    That's why I am pleased that the new Ford Explorer
    model coming out Monday reportedly will get 30%
    better mileage. Not as good as my Prius, but definitely
    a good thing. To paraphrase Victor Laszlo, as he said to
    Rick/Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, "Welcome, Ford,
    back to the fight."
     
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    A 30% improvement sounds impressive (if you opt for the "ecoboost" model) but moving from 15mpg to 19mpg is still bad. 12L/100km is an awful lot of gas, no matter how much better it is from the last oversized truck on the road.
     
  3. a_gray_prius

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    When you say "rolling down the road" I default to imagining the car rolling over rather than on its wheels.
     
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    I saw in the paper this morning where Ford is announcing that they will be selling all of their hybrid cars at the same price as their non-hybrid versions of the same cars.

    That is an interesting approach and it will be interesting to see how the other manufacturer's respond.
     
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    I'm glad it bothers people about what other people do and drive.

    My truck happens to generally be 80,000 lbs and about 4 MPG.
     
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    That's 160 ton MPG compared to about 90 for a Prius. You da man:rockon:
     
  7. jcgee88

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    I said it bothers me to see SUVs driving around basically
    empty wasting gas.

    It doesn't bother me at all to see 80,000 tractor trailers.
    That's because I like to sneak up behind them and
    draft. Hope you don't mind. :-D

    John
     
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    I hope the typical payload significantly exceeds 200 lbs.
     
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    usbseawolf2000 HSD PhD

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    Not about consumption. It is what you get out of it.